TWO members of an alleged organized crime gang called ‘Los Maldonado’s’ were arrested in Inca.
They have also been charged with violence, intimidation, threats and holding a person against their will.
Investigations continue to capture the rest of the gang who have carried out similar burglaries in Sa Pobla, Inca, Pollença and Alcudia.
In July, the two men and a woman reportedly rang the doorbell of a property belonging to an expatriate with the excuse that they needed to repair the television antenna.
When the home owner refused entry and tried to close the door, the assailants held a knife to her chest and held onto her youngest daughter so that she could not get help.
The woman went into the home to search for valuables, which included €2,000 in cash and the mother and daughter’s documentation.
When the victim reported the incident to Sa Pobla Guardia Civil it matched the modus operandi of other burglaries.
Officers were able to show the victim several photographs and she was able to identify the man who held the knife to her chest and the woman.
In a search of one of the assailant’s home two replica handguns, an Uzi machine gun, jewellery and cash were seized. Other members of this gang have been arrested in recent months for similar charges. They were usually accompanied by a woman and often changed vehicles to avoid identification.
This organized crime group is believed to be led by a matriarch. Recently the burglaries have become more violent.
By Nicole Hallett